Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass) with Spoilers

Summary (via Goodreads): “A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Thoughts: This is where I feel that the series begins to pick up and really expand the world that it is in. While the first book was a great start to the series, this book is where I realiazed that the series was great.

First, I liked Celaena’s development in this book, after winning the tournament she is now indebted to the king and has to do what he says or he will kill Chaol. I like that instead of killing her intended targets, she lets them go and puts them in hiding. She is also told of a rebellion coming from the other kingdom and feels she is conflicted with what she has to do, and what she believes is right according to Nehemia. I think Nehemia’s death was handled very well, and that is what lead to Celaena’s development.

Chaol also gets character development, and also feels conflicted in working for the king, along with Dorian, who has to deal with his father. I know it is still a love triangle, but it’s an example of romance done right in which the characters are actually developed and you care for them, rather them having them be in love because the plot said so.

The plot also expands the world that the story takes place in. The book discusses what happened to Celaena’s parents and finding out she is the lost princess and also part Fae, which were a species that was mostly killed off. While some “lost princess” tropes are annoying this one actually surprised and had several hints throughout the story.

I think this was a great second book and elevated my love for the series.

Grade: 4.3/5